-Bonnie Hartley, a Lifescript Facebook fan
A: That’s a great question, because everyone who’s on a weight-loss program long enough will eventually come face-to-face with the plateau.
You know how it goes. You’re eating healthy, exercising and staying motivated and energized by the declining number on the scale, when out of nowhere, you can’t seem to move that number.
This is one of the most frustrating situations you face while dieting, and it’s a major cause for many people to wave the white flag of surrender.
But what seems to be an impenetrable brick wall is really an important, life-altering fork in the road. Before I go any further, however, let’s first define our terms.
Simply put, a weight-loss plateau occurs when, despite continuing to do what has got you this far, you can’t seem to lose any more weight. It’s typical because losing weight is initially easier, since the bulk of weight you lose in the first few weeks is mostly the result of water.
Then, in order to break through the inevitable plateau, you typically need to increase your activity level and/or decrease the calories you take in.
The real battle, however, is the emotional impact that not losing weight brings to the forefront. A weight-loss plateau is a direct attack on your motivation to continue.
That’s a tall order for most, but if you make healthy eating your motivation and not pounds lost, the plateau will not create the same type of emotional turmoil.
Another reason to make healthy eating your primary motivation is that motivation will have a much longer lifespan.
If weight loss is your motivation, what happens when you hit a plateau or, better yet, reach your weight-loss goal?
In both cases, you also lose your motivation. However, if healthy eating is your motivation, it will survive each of these scenarios.
If you find yourself struggling with a plateau, Lifescript has 9 ways to overcome this weight-loss obstacle:
1. Change up your routine.
2. Move with the seasons.
3. Make routines playful.
4. Add random intervals.
5. Learn a new skill.
6. Slow down.
7. Set multiple goals.
8. Adjust your thinking.
9. Bribe yourself.
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